Life begins at 55

Henry is one of the recipients of the NCF Medical program in Vietnam. Early this year, when we were doing our regular program review, we found Henry’s profile among other infants and children recipients. We could hardly believe that a 55-year-old man with severe cleft lip and palate had never treated.
 
"Of course, as a person with cleft lip and palate I would experience lots of inconveniences in my daily life, but I thought, ‘at least I can eat and drink’. It seemed like my life could still move on with my cleft untreated." Henry said.
 
Henry is an optimistic person who always sees the positive side of things. He never worries about what other people think of him. "I am a farmer. I work with my hands, not with my mouth. It makes no difference to me whether I have surgery or not.” After speaking, Henry laughed hard, then continued saying, “but now I realize I was wrong; it did make a huge difference to my life.”
 
 
Henry has 2 sons, who are in their 20s. They found out about the NCF Medical Program in Vietnam and tried to convince Henry to have cleft treatment. “I was doubting whether it was necessary for me, as a 55-year-old man, to undergo corrective surgery. But when my sons told me that the surgery was provided for free, I said ‘Okay. Let’s do it.’” 
 
Thanks to the OMFH, the NCF locally-based medical team in Vietnam, the surgery went smoothly. Since then, Henry’s life has completely changed. "Looking in the mirror, I can’t stop admiring how I look now. I never thought I could be so handsome. My family and I are very happy with the result. It would have been great if I had met the NCF earlier." Neighbours, friends and relatives – everyone who knew Henry - heard about his surgery and all came to his house to witness his new look. 
 
 
Henry is going to have his dental correction in the following appointment. Henry is very grateful to the NCF and the medical team in Vietnam for the support and encouragement. Henry hopes that more lives could be changed after meeting the NCF.
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